In a report published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), contributing Editor Linda Milo Ohr writes about eight nutrients that may help protect your aging brain:
- Cocoa flavanols, which may improve the function of a specific part of the brain called the dentate gyrus, which is associated with age-related memory.
- Omega-3 fatty acids that improves object recognition memory, spatial and localizatory memory, which can be consciously recalled such as facts and knowledge, and adverse response retention. Foods rich in omega-3s include salmon, flaxseed oil, and chia seeds.
- Phosphatidylserine and phosphatidic acid that can help benefit memory, mood and cognitive function in the elderly.
- Walnuts may have a beneficial effect in reducing the risk, delaying the onset or slowing the progression of Alzheimer's disease.
- Citicoline supplements may help maintain normal cognitive function with aging and protect the brain from free radical damage.
- Choline may support the brain during aging and help prevent changes in brain chemistry that result in cognitive decline and failure. A major source of choline in the diet is eggs.
- Magnesium supplements are often recommended for those who experienced serious concussions. Magnesium-rich foods include avocado, soy beans, bananas and dark chocolate.
- Blueberries can offer neurocognitive benefits such as increased neural signaling in the brain centers.
The study appears in Food Technology. (ANI)